Art: It’s time to complete & display our original toys!

Art: It’s time to complete & display our original toys!

We are now at the end of our second art unit of inquiry and it’s wonderful to see the original toy designs coming to life.

All students are nearly finished with glazing, plus many clay pieces have emerged from the kiln for the last time and that means they are then able to be put together by each artist using materials they have carefully chosen like wire, string, feathers, cardboard etc.

Each artist has attempted to make a toy that features clay, but moves too. This is when our young artists come to realise if their design and plan works well or not. If not, they are able to make changes to be successful. Thinking of and noting down a plan, but being open-minded enough to change it when necessary is a wonderful life skill we are developing in this unit.

As the toys are finished, they will go straight out on display in the Art Foyer. Please take time to visit them with your young artist and practice great audience behaviour such as [1] do not touch the artwork, [2] read the artist’s statement that is with each toy, and [3] discuss which you like, and which you think took the most time and effort to make.

Research shows that people benefit greatly from reflecting on the process as well as the product they made, so please take time to talk with your young artist about their plans for their toy, how they executed those plans and the final toy artwork that you see on display. Is it their best work? What would they change if they could try this unit again?

 

3LR CITY PROGRESS

3LR CITY PROGRESS

We have been working hard in our groups to plan and start our cities. Groups had to brainstorm needs and wants, then map out what their city would look like. They then had to use measurement to scale and enlarge their city maps onto a much bigger sized piece of card. Students are now beginning to design their buildings and structures and secure them onto their city plans. We will be working on and developing these wonderful plans over the next few days. Take a look at the pictures so far of the groups collaborating and co-operating with each other.

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.

The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.

Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –

§  Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.

One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

CARDBOARD FOR OUR CITIES

CARDBOARD FOR OUR CITIES

Dear parents and families,

Our class will be planning and creating cities in small groups over the next 2 weeks. If you have any cardboard or cardboard boxes of any size that the students can use, that would be great if they could bring it in.

Many thanks.

Welcome back everybody!!!

Welcome back everybody!!!

This week has seen us continue with our battery of fitness tests.

We have also introduced the movement and vault assignment for the next 6 weeks – Please see the documents attached.

As we move closer to sports day (March 29th) all students will be looking at Run/Jump/Throw activities also. So please talk to your students about their vault and movement assignments and keep March 29th free!

 

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

 

Art Toys

Art Toys

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In Art we are trying to make moving toys. We can use lots of different materials but we have to use clay. That is the hard part. We talked about 3 artists that make toys. Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev make porcelain clay toys with lots of texture and detail. Mister Finch makes fabric and wire toys. This is a hard challenge for us. We had to design our toy in our books and now we are waiting for the clay to dry and go through the kiln for the first time.

…Our Grade 3 Art blog post is by Eva (3LR)

Great summary, thanks Eva!  Have a great break and Happy Lunar New Year everyone! 

See you in two weeks ~ Ms Kendal

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